anyone else changing careers to go into nursing? - page 29

by amyrae76

Hi everyone! Is anyone else here totally changing careers to go to nursing school? I guess I'm looking for a little encouragement that it's OK for me to want to get out of the corporate/business world that I HATE and go into... Read More


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    Hi-
    I'm new here. I've also changed careers to go into nursing. i used to be a phys. ed. teacher at an elementary school in california. I'm not actually in nursing school yet, but I do look forward to applying. I had a question about going to school. Does anyone find it difficult to be in nursing school while trying to hold down a job at the sametime? I need to work or else I'll be kicked out of my Apartment. But, I'm also dying to go to nursing school. Is it possible to do both? Some people have said it's not because most nursing programs are very intense and take up most of your time.
    If anyone has any advice I'm ready for it. Thanks, John
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    I am in my 3rd semester of a 4 semester program. Our instructors suggest that we work as few hours as possible. Last year I worked about 20 hours a week. (Before this I worked full time at a nonprofit youth agency) I switched jobs this summer and now work as a nurses aide 2 shifts a week - 16 hours. At this time this is manageable, but I wouldn't want to take on more if I didn't absolutely have to. I also have 2 teenagers along with their various activities. Nursing school is not like regular college classes. There is a lot of outside the classroom time spent practicing, reading, planning. There are clinical experiences as well. Each program is unique, of course. I would research the program you choose and find out what is suggested. Also, try to save as much money as you can and cut your expenses so you could work a very minimal number of hours. It is a short amount of time and well worth some sacrificing.

    Quote from stearns14
    Hi-
    I'm new here. I've also changed careers to go into nursing. i used to be a phys. ed. teacher at an elementary school in california. I'm not actually in nursing school yet, but I do look forward to applying. I had a question about going to school. Does anyone find it difficult to be in nursing school while trying to hold down a job at the sametime? I need to work or else I'll be kicked out of my Apartment. But, I'm also dying to go to nursing school. Is it possible to do both? Some people have said it's not because most nursing programs are very intense and take up most of your time.
    If anyone has any advice I'm ready for it. Thanks, John
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    [John, I'm finishing my pre-reqs now and I hope to enter nursing school by next fall. Working full-time is probably not doable. I thought about working too, but most nursing classes are in the day time so a day job would not work for you.
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    Amy,
    You completely took the exact words out of my mouth. I have a degree in MArketing/Advertising and worked in the field for almost 2 years, before i decided i just couldn't take in anymore. I, like you, had no desire to work my way up the corporate ladder to sit behind a desk for the rest of my life. I knew that a more fulfilling and satisfying job was what i needed. I had always wanted to go into medicine, but never did. So now i'm going back. I just got accepted into the program and will start clinicals in January.

    So, YES...to make you feel better, you are not the only one. I wanted to make a difference in life, not sit at a desk and eat junk all day. Good luck to you....you are making a great decision. :spin:
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    Quote from Nessa1982
    Hi Amyrae, I currently work at an office (my last day is today becuase I start my RN program the 21st!) and I cant stand the 40 hrs of sitting at a desk either! I'm really looking forward to nursing and running away from the office (Ive been working part& full time here for over 2 years, ever since I was 18). I could never imagine spenging my life at an office job. Its just not me (and I guess not you either)

    Hi,
    I was wondering how you found a nursing school?
    -John
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    Quote from portland_guy
    I, too, am a career changer. I currently am a geographic information system specialist. What's that you ask? I make maps and manage data on computers. Sounds interesting you say? All I do all day long is type and click away on my mouse. Really, a monkey could do this.

    I already have a bachelors, but am working on my pre-reqs so that I can go to a 2 year bachelors program starting in summer 2004. It sure is nice to get a paycheck right now and get benefits. Nursing will be a big change, but it will be nice to actually work face to face with people. There are far too many cubicle jobs and nursing seems to be such a diverse field. I look forward to finally going to nursing school!
    Hi-
    I was wondering how you went about finding a nursing school? was it difficult to find one?
    -John
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    Quote from crp2000
    I'm also leaving the 'Corporate Environment' to pursue a career in nursing. In May of 2001 I graduated with a BBA in Finance. I worked as a 'Financial Analyst' for a year, was laid-off, and now I'm working as an analyst for a mortgage company while I attend a part-time BSN program.

    I basically got tired of SLAVING behind a desk all day and having it benefit NO ONE but the freakin' company CEO!!!
    I figure, if I'm going to be working 80-hour work weeks, I want to be able to SEE someone benefiting from all of my hard-work. As cliched as it may sound, I decided on a career in nursing for the 'emotional satisfaction'!!
    Hi-
    I'm looking for a part-time situation going to nursing school and i live in california....do you happen to know of any programs that are part-time in california? maybe i should do some more research....thanks,
    John
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    Hi everyone,

    A lot of you are mid-life career changers like myself but I come from a profession that, like nusing, is a job where you help make a difference- teaching. I loved doing it for 5 years but could no longer ignore the low pay. Yes, it's so great to do something you love but you won't love it that much if you don't get paid what you need. The cost of living has gone up, gas, housing, etc. so I looked into nursing and realized it pays a lot more. The negative side of it is that you work crazy hours. Especially in the beginning, you have to pay your dues so it won't be easy.

    I am hoping to get into an ACCELERATED OPTION one-year program (that is for people who already hold a B.A. in another field) but what I am finding is that getting into nursing school is almost impossible in big cities like mine- Miami. There is a LONG wait list or you simply get rejected. I heard of people with 3.5 GPAs that cannot get accepted due to faculty shortage.

    So this is freaking me out...I'm studying so much on my hard science prereqs and just might run into this problem later is scary.

    To add to the dilemma: I just got offered a job that I could love- it's educating people about pet issues, etc but the pay is just a tad more than teaching so I'm going monday to try to negotiate salary. I just can't drop all that I've done to prep for nursing for another fun but low-paying job. Tough choices to make!
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    Quote from renerian
    I think that if you decide to do something else go for it. I cannot imagine doing a job I hate for years and years.

    renerian
    I agree with this
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    hello everyone,
    this is my first post. i am considering becoming a nurse, but have no idea where to start or if i am making a good career choice. i have an associates degree in applied science graduated in 1984. i have been working in an office administration position for the last 18 years and have recently, since january been unemployed and working at various temp positions and freelance work. i have been thinking about getting into health care for over a year. i believe that i would enjoy nursing. i just don't know where to even start, how to pay for school, and how to go about getting a job in the health care field while i am going to school, am i too old to start? does anyone have any suggestions for me? heidi


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